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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MECH5775M Advanced Manufacturing

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Mingwen Bai
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Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will introduce students to traditional and new innovative manufacturing processes and assembly techniques that are commercially available. It will also cover the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field including elements of research led teaching. This course will teach the various processes in relation to the seven joint ISO/TC 261 ASTM F42 standards in order to easily categorise the different processes and overcome issues with the technology classifications. The module will emphasise the strengths and weaknesses of the various technologies and highlight applications and case studies from industry. The course will also cover design for manufacture (i.e. for assembly, maintenance and minimum cost whilst meeting customer requirements), automation in sustaining competitive advantage, and integration of product design, manufacturing system design and manufacturing technology selection.The module will encompass various interactive lectures, hands on workshops and demonstrations using the various additive and subtractive manufacturing equipment available at the University of Leeds.


On completion of this module students should acquire a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of manufacturing/assembly techniques and processes and an ability to arrive at an improved design for an engineering system that satisfies given requirements.
Having completed the module students should be able to formulate a design for manufacture; select, compare, contrast, understand limitations and apply appropriate methods and computer software for solving such problems and critically interpret the obtained results.

Learning outcomes
1. A comprehensive understanding of the relevant scientific principles of the specialisation (SM7M)
2. A critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights most of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the specialisation [SM8M]
3. Ability to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs [D11M]
4. Advanced level knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components [P12M]
5. A thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments [P9m]
6. Ability to apply engineering techniques, taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints (P10m)

General learning outcomes (UK-SPEC):
- The ability to apply new concepts and methods in the context of design for manufacture.

Specific learning outcomes (UK-SPEC) underpinning Science & Mathematics
- Knowledge and understanding of computational methods relevant to process modelling for a wide range of manufacturing processes e.g. use of modelling software to create 3D designs.

Engineering Analysis:
- Study, investigate and critically evaluate alternative manufacturing solutions/platforms.

- Critically assess design and manufacture elements in advanced manufacturing processes.
- Broader knowledge and understanding of design improvement aims and techniques for a chosen engineering system.

Engineering Practice:
- A thorough understanding of current practice and critically evaluate its limitations.
- Practical laboratory and workshop skills such as using basic tools, materials and equipment.
- Identifying resources and planning suitable approaches to solve problems.


- Introduction to advanced manufacturing technologies.
- Concurrent engineering and the software environment that supports it.
- Computer-integrated manufacture and industrial informatics.
- Rapid prototyping and rapid tooling.
- Emerging areas in research and industry:
Robotics and automation
3D scanning and digital twin
Laser technology
Health technology
Energy and sustainability
Space and aerospace

- Formative, Subtractive, and Additive manufacturing techniques:
CNC machining
Powder metallurgy (hot isostatic pressing)
Sheet forming (rolling, deep drawing)
Bulk forming (closed die forging and bi-metallic forming)
Additive manufacturing (7 categories by ISO ASTM)
Laser manufacturing technology
Laser micro-machining technology

- Advanced materials and processes (polymers, metals, ceramics and composites).

- Industrial applications of manufacturing technologies for aerospace (turbomachinery), automotive, and medical engineering.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback given to students in response to assessed work:
- Individual feedback on practical lab work.
- Developmental feedback generated through teaching activities:
- Laboratory interaction with technicians / demonstrators / academics
- Students undergo process demonstrations, part handling and set up parts for manufacture.
- Students use tutorial based software training using industry leading software and have parts produced on table-top 3D printers.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalDesign & Manufacture Report 120.00
PracticalDesign & Manufacture Report 230.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/09/2023 15:58:49


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